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RigNet Announces First Quarter 2019 Earnings Results

“Once again, RigNet delivered solid operating results, growing total revenue in the first quarter of 2019 by 7% compared to the first quarter of 2018.  Revenue increased in each of our reporting segments and improved Adjusted EBITDA 13.0 % year-over-year,” said Steven Pickett, Chief Executive Officer and President. “We continue to see increasing data intensity across our customer base, creating more sales opportunities for RigNet’s highly differentiated and bundled solutions.  The intersection of managed communications, machine learning, and cybersecurity is leading customers to think differently about their digital transformation efforts and they are choosing to partner with RigNet because of the dependency between network performance and the performance of critical business applications.”

Quarterly revenue was $57.5 million, an increase of $3.7 million, or 6.8%, compared to $53.8 million in the first quarter 2018, and a decrease of $2.7 million, or 4.5%, compared to $60.2 million in the prior quarter. Compared to the first quarter 2018, revenue grew in all segments: a $2.7 million, or 50.2%, increase in Apps & IoT revenue, a $0.7 million, or 11.1%, increase in Systems Integration (SI) revenue, and a $0.3 million, or 0.7%, increase in Managed Communications Services (MCS) revenue. The revenue decrease compared to the prior quarter reflects a $3.9 million decrease in SI revenue reflective of the percentage-of-completion nature of the SI business, and a $0.5 million decrease in MCS revenue, partially offset by a $1.7 million increase in Apps & IoT.  Additionally there were two fewer days in the first quarter 2019 compared to the fourth quarter 2018.

Net loss attributable to common stockholders in the first quarter 2019 was $12.0 million, or $0.63 per share, compared to net loss attributable to common stockholders of $5.6 million, or $0.31 per share, in the first quarter 2018 and net loss attributable to common stockholders of $49.7 million, or $2.62 per share, in the fourth quarter 2018.   Excluding the previously disclosed $50.6 million non-cash GX charge, net income attributable to common stockholders in the fourth quarter of 2018 was $0.9 million, or $0.05 per share.  The GX dispute accrual could be subject to reduction under our Phase II counterclaims.  Net loss in the first quarter 2019 was adversely impacted compared to fourth quarter 2018 by increased stock-based compensation, GX dispute Phase II costs, depreciation, and restructuring costs, which are added back and reconciled to Adjusted EBITDA below.

Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure defined and reconciled to its most comparable GAAP measure below, was $8.4 million, a 13.0% increase compared to $7.4 million in the first quarter 2018 and a 20.5% decrease compared to $10.5 million in the prior quarter.

Net loss and Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the prior quarter were adversely impacted by decreases in SI, due to the variable nature of that business. Additionally there was the effect of two fewer days in the first quarter 2019 compared to the fourth quarter 2018. Net loss was also adversely impacted by increased stock-based compensation, GX dispute Phase II costs, depreciation, and restructuring costs, which are added back and reconciled to Adjusted EBITDA below.

Capital expenditures for the three months ending March 31, 2019 totaled $7.1 million compared to $6.6 million for the three months ending March 31, 2018 and $10.8 million for the quarter ending December 31, 2018.

Contracting and Operational Update

During the first quarter of 2019, RigNet won a three-year contract with a large international offshore drilling contractor to provide MCS. This contract, previously disclosed, is an exclusive relationship for the contractor’s currently operating rigs, as well as any rigs which secure new drilling contracts during the exclusivity period.  RigNet also secured long-term contracts on two Floating, Production, Storage, and Offloading (FPSO) vessels in Angola that are expected to commence in the third quarter of 2019.  In the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, the company has completed 63% of the total coverage area in the buildout of our 4G LTE and 5G-enabled network.  The company expects to complete construction on the network, already carrying live traffic, in the second quarter of 2019.

MCS Site count in the first quarter 2019 increased by 13.4% to 1,360 from 1,199 in the first quarter 2018, largely due to increases in production sites and other sites, which are primarily related to onshore drilling. MCS Site count increased 2.8% from 1,323 in the prior quarter, with increases in offshore rigs, production, and other sites, offset by the loss of one maritime site.

In the Apps and IoT segment, RigNet signed its inaugural contract to provide managed IT services as a service (ITaaS).  The three-year contract with another large international drilling contractor is the first solution offering of its kind for RigNet, stemming from the convergence of complex, real-time data acquisition and analysis and the need for network optimization.  The company also signed an agreement, previously disclosed, with a supermajor to provide Intelie™’s real-time workforce tracking solution for a large facility currently under construction.

Project backlog (using percentage of completion accounting) was $43.1 million compared to $23.5 million in the first quarter 2018 and $45.5 million in the prior quarter. The company continues to see significant global project activity related to increasing project capital expenditures across the energy value chain.

Additional Detail

In the first quarter 2019, the Company recorded $2.1 million in GX dispute Phase II costs. The Company is adding back these Phase II costs to our non-GAAP measure Adjusted EBITDA because of the extraordinary actions precipitated by the Phase I finding.  In addition, the company recorded $0.4 million in acquisition costs and $0.6 million in restructuring costs. In the fourth quarter of 2018, the Company recorded a $50.6 million charge, net of approximately $0.2 million of prior accruals, for the GX dispute as an accrued litigation reserve.  In addition, the company recorded $0.2 million of executive departure costs, and $0.2 million of acquisition costs, as well as a net $1.5 million increase in the fair value of earn-outs / contingent consideration which is composed of a $1.8 million increase in fair value related to Intelie partially offset by a $0.3 million decrease related to Cyphre, all in the fourth quarter of 2018. The change in fair value of both the Intelie and Cyphre earn-outs / contingent consideration and the GX dispute accrued litigation reserve did not impact the Company’s cash position in the fourth quarter 2018. The Intelie earn-out will ultimately be settled with stock. In the quarter ended March 31, 2018, the Company recorded $0.8 million in acquisition costs and $0.2 million in executive departure costs. All items listed above are added back to net loss in our non-GAAP measure Adjusted EBITDA.

 

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